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Yorkshire Coast

What to do on the Yorkshire Coast

Welcome to the picturesque Yorkshire Coast, where rugged cliffs meet sweeping beaches and charming seaside villages. From the cobbled streets of Robin Hood’s Bay to the serene shores of Sandsend, each destination along the Yorkshire Coast offers a blend of history, natural beauty, and coastal charm. Whether you’re drawn to the haunting ruins of Whitby Abbey, the vibrant fishing heritage of Staithes, or the Victorian charm of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, there’s much to discover in this captivating region. Join us as we embark on a journey of the Yorkshire Coast, where every twist and turn reveals, a new adventure waiting to be experienced.

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Robin Hood's Bay on the Yorkshire Coast

Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire Coast

Nestled along the dramatic cliffs of the Yorkshire Coast, Robin Hood’s Bay beckons visitors with its rich maritime history. This quaint fishing village, with its winding alleyways and centuries-old cottages, offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Once a haven for smugglers and pirates, today it captivates travellers with its picturesque beauty and captivating tales. At first, explore the narrow streets lined with artisan shops and cosy pubs. Then later on, venture down to the sandy shores for a bracing walk along the rugged coastline. Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into the village’s past at the Robin Hood’s Bay Museum. The exhibition details its maritime heritage and the stories of those who once called this coastal village home. Robin Hood’s Bay promises an unforgettable day out on the captivating Yorkshire Coast.

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Sandsend on the Yorkshire Coast

Sandsend, Yorkshire Coast

Just a stone’s throw from the bustling town of Whitby, Sandsend awaits as a tranquil destination along the captivating Yorkshire Coast. This seaside village effortlessly blends the serenity of its sandy shores with the rugged beauty of its surrounding cliffs. With its long stretch of golden beach, Sandsend offers ample opportunities for leisurely strolls, or even a refreshing dip in the North Sea for the brave hearted. For those seeking adventure, the nearby cliffs provide an ideal spot for exhilarating coastal walks, offering breath-taking views of the coastline. After a day of exploration, unwind at one of Sandsend’s quaint tearooms or pubs, where you can savour the fresh catch of the day. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Sandsend promises an idyllic escape along the Yorkshire Coast.

Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast


Perched on the rugged cliffs overlooking the North Sea, Whitby stands as a beacon of history, culture, and natural beauty on the Yorkshire Coast. Renowned for its iconic Abbey ruins, which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this historic town offers many attractions to captivate visitors. Wander through the streets of the old town, where centuries-old buildings house charming shops, galleries, and traditional fish and chip shops. Explore the exhibits at the Whitby Museum, delving into the town’s maritime and geological heritage.

For panoramic views of the coastline, climb the 199 steps leading to the hauntingly beautiful Whitby Abbey. Immerse yourself in the site’s rich history and breath-taking landscapes. No visit to Whitby would be complete without trying its famous jet jewellery, crafted from the fossilised wood found along its shores. With its intriguing history, stunning seascapes, and vibrant atmosphere, Whitby offers an unforgettable escape on the Yorkshire Coast.

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Staithes on the Yorkshire Coast


Tucked away within a secluded cove along the Yorkshire Coast, you will find Staithes, a quaint fishing village. With its huddled cottages tumbling down towards the sea, Staithes offers a glimpse into a simpler way of life. Once a bustling hub for the fishing and mining industries, Staithes today shows visitors its timeless appeal and artistic heritage.

Explore the narrow alleyways lined with colourful cottages and artisan galleries. Admire the works of local painters inspired by the village’s scenic beauty. Discover the tales of Captain Cook, who began his seafaring adventures here, at the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre. For outdoor enthusiasts, take to the coastal walks, with rugged cliffs and hidden coves waiting to be explored. Whether you’re drawn by its rich history, artistic legacy, or simply the tranquil beauty of its surroundings, be sure to visit Staithes.

Don’t forget to visit Runswick Bay if you’re near Staithes. It is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s prettiest destinations, with a large sandy beach that once provided anchorage for brightly coloured fishing boats.


Perched on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, you will find Saltburn-by-the-Sea on the Yorkshire Coast. This seaside town offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and outdoor adventure. Take a stroll along the historic Victorian pier, where you can soak in views of the North Sea and watch surfers catching waves below. Explore the town’s quaint streets lined with elegant Victorian architecture, boutique shops, and inviting cafes.

For a taste of Saltburn’s rich heritage, visit the Saltburn Cliff Lift. This is one of the oldest water-powered funicular railways in Britain, offering a scenic ride down to the beach. Also, nature enthusiasts will love the rugged beauty of the surrounding coastline. With miles of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and rolling moorland, there is a lot to be discovered. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Saltburn-by-the-Sea offers the perfect retreat on the picturesque Yorkshire Coast.

In conclusion, the Yorkshire Coast presents a captivating tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored. From the timeless charm of Robin Hood’s Bay to the tranquil shores of Sandsend, this picturesque region offers something for every traveller. From the rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, to the rich maritime heritage, or vibrant cultural scene, the Yorkshire Coast promises an unforgettable adventure. So, pack your bags and set out on a journey of discovery along the Yorkshire Coast.

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